NanoBioMat 2023 – Winter Session
Plenary speakers will be announced!
Fergal O’Brien is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Professor of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine and Head of the Tissue Engineering Research Group in RCSI. He is a leading innovator in the development of advanced biomaterials for tissue repair with target applications in bone, cartilage, cardiovascular, ocular, respiratory and neural tissues. A major focus of ongoing research is to functionalise these scaffolds for use as delivery systems for biomolecules with a particular interest in the delivery of gene therapeutics to promote enhanced tissue repair. Since his faculty appointment, he has published over 300 journal articles and supervised over 50 doctoral students to completion and translated a number of regenerative technologies for bone and cartilage repair to the clinic through spin-out formation and licensing to industry. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a €3million Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, Membership of the Royal Irish Academy and the 2023 Marshall R. Urist, MD Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society for his sustained contribution to musculoskeletal research.
NanoBioMat 2023 – Summer Session
Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah
Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah, currently he is Professor at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and Dean for Faculty of Chemical Engineering & Technology. Area of expertise are concrete processing and testing, geopolymer concrete, green concrete, composite, ceramic, and polymeric concrete. Between 2005 and April 2021, he was appointed several positions such as College Principal, Deputy Dean (Students Affair), Dean (Centre of Diploma Studies, Director (Research Management Centre) and the highest position is an Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) starting 2020 until May 2021. He was awarded Top Research Malaysia (TRMS) in 2013 and received several awards from international and national organizations based on his geopolymer research. Now he is one of the specialists in the geopolymer field and established Center of Excellence Geopolymer & Green Technology (CEGeoGTech), UniMAP the only geopolymer center in ASEAN. This center is number one in ther world for geopolymers based on publications. He also has research funding and collaboration with King AbdulAziz City Science & Technoloy (KACST) Saudi Arabia, European Commission, University of Plymouth UK, Liverpool John Moores University UK and also with few more universities from Greece, Poland, Romania and Indonesia. His achievements include more than 725 journal publications based on Scopus Database (with 41 h-index), and more than 35 books and 40 patents of his research product. He has appointed as Visiting professor at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Malaysia and Universitas Ubudiyah Indonesia. Also appopinted as Research Advisor to State University of Makassar Indonesia and Associate Researcher in Technical University of Iasi (TUIASI) & Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM), Bulgaria.
Scientific Researcher I / Group Leader, Victor Babes National Institute of Pathology; Associate Investigator, Leader of Pathology Innovations and Biobank, Viron Molecular Medicine Institute, Boston, MA, USA. MD, PhD trained in Molecular Pathology, Molecular Oncology, Biomedical Technology Development. Expertise in Biobank initiation and development. MD from Carol Davila University, Bucharest; PhD in Biochemistry/Biology from Romanian Academy with work and training performed at Harvard Medical School/BIDMC.
Over a decade of training and research at Harvard Medical School: Postdoctoral Fellow at BIDMC & Harvard Medical School (with Prof. Andrew Beck), Instructor in Pathology, Harvard Medical School (2017-2018); Associate Member, Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard (2014-2015), Associate Member of the Ludwig Cancer Center at Harvard University, Boston, MA (2016-2018), Affiliate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on Genomics, Boston, MA (2016-2018).
Dr. Octavian Bucur has made impactful contributions in several research areas, being one of the main developers of Expansion Pathology (Nature Biotechnology 2017, shared first author (in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric), Nature Protocols 2020; 3 patents). This method extends the current resolution limit (250 nm) of the optical microscopes to 70 nm, enabling visualization of smaller nanoscopic structures with inexpensive optical microscopy in preserved tissue specimens, after physical tissue expansion. Expansion-related technologies have tremendous implications in several biomedical fields, including diagnostic pathology, neuroscience and molecular medicine.
Dr. Octavian Bucur was a collaborator in Richard Terry’s group within Prof. George Church’s laboratory at the Wyss Institute at Harvard, working on the development of the Fluorescence in Situ Sequencing (FISSEQ) technology.
Among the honors and awards received over the years are: Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Translational and Basic Science Research from the Harvard Medical School Pathology Department; ranked 1st out of >100 – Best Scientific Presentation Award (2017, Harvard Medical School Pathology Retreat of MGH, BIDMC, BWH, DFCI, Children’s Hospital Boston); The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Millennium Pharmaceuticals Award (2015, Philadelphia, PA; received by < 10% of applicants), IUBMB Travel Fellowship (2010, Melbourne, Australia), The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Aflac Award (2008, San Diego, CA; received by < 10% of applicants); Lady Tata Memorial Trust International Award for Leukemia Research (2007, London, UK); European Union – Leonardo da Vinci Research Award (2004, Magdeburg, Germany); Invited Keynote Speaker/Special Lectures (conferences in San Francisco, Chicago, London (UK), Bucharest (Romania), BIDMC, Harvard Medical School – Boston, Wayne State University – Detroit, Carol Davila University, Romania); Chair of the Scientific Selection Committee for the RALI’s Grand Rounds competition, Research Assistant Learning Initiative, Boston (2017-2018); Invited Judge for many undergraduate/graduate research competitions; International grant evaluator.
Dr. Octavian Bucur is a Co-Founder and was the first CEO of Viron Therapeutics, Boston, MA, successfully leading it to its first investments. He gained significant expertise in bringing an idea from bench to market (idea –> articles and patents –> startup –> first investments).
Ridha Djellabi is a researcher in the field of environmental remediation and energy production with international experience in different countries including Algeria, Italy, Portugal, China and Spain. Ridha received his PhD from Badji-Mokhtar University (Annaba, Algeria) in Analytical Chemistry and Environment in collaboration with ISMER Lab (University of Milan, Italy). On September-2015, Ridha moved to Portugal to carry out a postdoctoral research at LSRE-University of Porto, Portugal within Erasmus program. After that, Ridha joined REDOX group-Research centre for eco- environmental sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) and Shenzhen University (Shenzhen, China). On Oct-2020, Ridha joined ISMER group University of Milan (Italy). Currently, Ridha is a researcher at Department of Chemical Engineering ETSEQ, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain), since the first of June-2022 as he won Maria Zambrano Grants-2021 for international talents in Spain. Ridha does research about solar materials design for photocatalytic and photothermal applications. Ridha has published more than 100 publications. He run several special issues and he is associate editor at Frontiers. Ridha participated in several international projects. He is invited lecture at China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing (China) to teach fundamentals and research topics within the field of environmental remediation and smart solar materials design. He taught also several subjects such as analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry and photocatalysis for environmental remediation. ORCID: 0000-0002-1475-5565.
Jin Hyung Lee
Jin Hyung Lee received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, gwangju, Rep. Korea in the year 2003 and 2007, respectively. He was a visiting scientist in AgriLife Research Center in Texas A&M University (2022-2023), Pacific Northwest National Lab(2005) and the University of California at Riverside(2004). He has worked in the Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology (KICET) since 2009. He is serving as an Editor in Energies (IF=3.34) and editorial board member of Water Energy NEXUS journal. He is also a director of general affairs in Korea Biofuels forum. His research interests include biomass fractionation and pretreatment for its valorizations such as value-added material, bioenergy, bioplastic production.
Anca Mazare received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Politechnica University of Bucharest, Romania, in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Demetrescu. She then joined the group of Prof. Schmuki at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany, in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and was a visiting associate professor to AIMR, Tohoku University, Japan, for 13 months between September 2021 to January 2023. Currently, she is also pursuing her habilitation under the supervision of Prof. Schmuki. Her research field comprises oxide nanomaterials and their nanostructuring, composite materials of different oxides, oxide modification with organic materials, biomaterials, energy conversion, photocatalysis, and surface analytics (XPS, SEM, ToF-SIMS, AFM, electrochemical characterization). She is an active reviewer, has published over 80 papers in international journals, has an h-index of 31, and has numerous oral presentations/invited talks at international conferences. Her research interests include nanomaterials, nanostructuring, nanomanufacturing, biomaterials, functional biomaterials, semiconductors, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, surface analysis techniques, single-atom, and energy conversion.
Sami Rtimi has 15 years of experience in academia and Industry, He is an expert in responsive materials for environmental remediation and sustainability. is a microbiologist with a strong background in photochemistry and materials engineering. He was awarded a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Switzerland) and a Doctorate in Biological Sciences (environmental microbiology). He is investigating novel materials for microbial inactivation and emergent pollutants degradation. He is an expert in coupling semiconductor nanostructures to degrade microbial and chemical pollutants at the solid-air and solid-water interfaces. He published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, patents, numerous book chapters, and presented communications at international meetings. He was invited to the University of Rennes (France), Russian Academy of Science (Russian Federation), University of Milano (Italy), Techno-pole Borj-Cedria (Tunisia), Jyothy Institute of Technology (Bengaluru, India) and other universities. Sami is a reviewer for international peer reviewed journals, editor (books and journals) and guest-edited some special issues. Dr. Rtimi won the Outstanding research award in Photocatalysis (2018) and the Research Award on New Science Inventions (2021). He is also an international grants reviewer for many countries (Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Greece, Qatar, Latvia, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Ireland…). Since 2019, he has been Director of Innovation and Technology at the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (Geneva, Switzerland). Concomitantly, he is actively serving as European Climate Pact Ambassador. He launched three start-ups and won grants, seed money, VCs, and prizes. He is continuously solicited as an innovation advisor for many hubs and a change-maker in sustainability.
Prof. Savilov received his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry in 2004 at Chemistry Department of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University for studying of metal-metal bonds in crystals with the use of new approaches to crystal structure determination for modulated inorganic compounds as well as quantum chemical calculations. Doctor habilitatus degree in Physical Chemistry for the development of Physico-Chemical Basics of Pyrolitic Synthesis and Fictionalization of Carbon Nanostructures.
Experienced teacher and researcher for over a two decades in Chemistry Department of MSU (lectures and seminars on Physical Methods in Chemistry, student’s practice on scientific equipment), Professor in Physical Chemistry. He is also a Leading Researcher in A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis and Senior Researcher in N.S. Kournakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Serguei Savilov has made impactful contributions in several research areas, such as physical chemistry, inorganic synthesis, electrochemistry, materials science and scientific equipment engineering. His research group succeeded in development of synthetic routes and characterization techniques for carbon nanostructures (nanotubes, graphenes, quantum dots) and high-voltage ionic liquids, new effective graphene-based lubricants, amorphous carbon dioxides derivatives, mechanism of non-photochemical stratospheric ozone depletion.
Among the honors and awards received over the years are: Chevron company annual award (2000), DuPont company annual award (2003), EURECA Gold Medal (2007), Russian Science Support Award (2007, 2008), 1st Russian NanoForum award (2009), MSU scientific researches award (2014-2022). Dr. Serguei Savilov developed and scaled technologies of carbon nanomaterials, amorphous silica and coal production from the rice husk, successfully launched industrial production lines for them. He gained significant expertise in bringing an idea from bench to market (idea –> articles and patents –> startup –> first investments).
NanoBioMat 2022 – Winter Session
Thomas J. Webster
Thomas J. Webster’s (H index: 111; Google Scholar) degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1995; USA) and in biomedical engineering from RPI (Ph.D., 2000; USA). He has served as a professor at Purdue (2000-2005), Brown (2005-2012), and Northeastern (2012-2021; serving as Chemical Engineering Department Chair from 2012 – 2019) Universities and has formed over a dozen companies who have numerous FDA approved medical products currently improving human health. Dr. Webster has numerous awards including: 2020, World Top 2% Scientist by Citations (PLOS); 2020, SCOPUS Highly Cited Research (Top 1% Materials Science and Mixed Fields); 2021, Clarivate Top 0.1% Most Influential Researchers (Pharmacology and Toxicology); and is a fellow of over 8 societies.
Christophe Eglès, is, since 2022 in charge of the Chair “Heterogeneous Bioinspired Macromolecular Supports Applied to Tissue Regeneration “ at Université de Rouen Normandie, working at the CNRS Unit 6270 (PBS: Polymères, Biopolymères et Surfaces) in the Normandie region. Christophe Egles earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Associate Professor at the University Louis Pasteur, School of Dentistry where he studied the biomedical applications of biomaterials modifying cell/support interface. From 2005 to 2010 he joined Tufts University in the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering as an Assistant Professor and served as the Associate Director of the Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering. In 2010, he was tenured Professor at Université de Technologie de Compiègne, (France). He is an expert of tridimensional culture systems for Regenerative Medicine. His research focuses on the use of additive manufacturing techniques for the creation of new types of biomaterials, as well as new biofunctionalized artificial matrices for the reparation of central nervous system.
Dr. Marius Stan is a scientist and an author in Chicago, U.S.A. He holds a B.S. in Physics from University of Bucharest and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy. In 2018 he was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Politehnica University of Bucharest. Until 2021, Dr. Stan was a Senior Scientist and Leader of Intelligent Materials Design in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow at University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Dr. Stan and his group used artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance, multi-scale computer simulations to understand and predict physical and chemical properties of complex systems for energy production (nuclear fuels and reactor materials), energy storage (batteries), electronics (computer memory) and national security applications. The group also used AI to optimize complex manufacturing processes such as 3-D printing and flame spray pyrolysis. Dr. Stan has extensively published in the scientific literature, holds several patents, and is currently writing a book on human and artificial intelligence. Marius Stan has also published short stories, poetry and essays in Romanian and English. He is currently working on a novel and a second collection of short stories.
Dr. Bárbara Socas-Rodríguez has participated in several international and national research projects related to the application of sustainable procedures for the analysis of organic compounds un agri-food and environmental matrices. She carried out her PhD at the University of La Laguna focused on the development of new methodologies for the evaluation of estrogenic compounds in food and environmental samples. After that, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Green Technology Group (GTG) at the University of Lund, where she carried out the development of new methodologies for the determination of vitamin D and its metabolites in biological samples using supercritical fluids and mass spectrometry. Then she joined the Laboratory of Foodomics (CIAL, CSIC) working in the safety evaluation of valorised food by-products. Currently she is working as Assistant Professor at the ULL and participates in different projects carrying out the evaluation of pesticides and plastic migrants in food and environmental matrices using green analytical techniques.
Jakub Dalibor Rybka
Jakub Dalibor Rybka, professor at the University of Adam Mickiewicz (www.amu.edu.pl) in Poznań, associated with this university since 2013. He completed his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies at the Universitat fur Bodenkultur Wien (www.boku.ac.at) in Austria. After several years of work for the Adam Mickiewicz University, the habilitation procedure was completed at the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University. He is the Vice-Director of Center of Advanced Technology (CAT AMU), and Head of Laboratory of Applied Biotechnology (www.lab.amu.edu.pl) of CAT AMU.
The mission of LAB CAT AMU is to venture beyond the boundaries of basic science and bridge academic discoveries with real-life applications. LAB strives to establish meaningful partnerships with both scientific and industrial entities to drive innovation in biotechnology. Scientifically, group of prof. Rybka deal with the use of nanomaterials in biotechnology and biomedical engineering (especially with 3D bioprinting).
Serguei Savilov was born in 1978, Soviet Union. In 2000 he graduated from Chemistry Department of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, where got Ph.D. in 2004. From 2000 – junior researcher, 2003 – scientific researcher, 2005 – senior research, 2013 – leading researcher, from 2020 – Head of Catalysis and Gas Electrochemistry Laboratory. He is also leading researcher in A.V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis and N.S. Kournakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At 2018 he got the Dr. habil degree in Physical Chemistry. Savilov S.V. is a lecturer for “Instrumental Analysis in Chemistry” and head of Nanochemistry and Nanomaterials equipment center. He has got more than 260 articles with h-index of 25.